Definition of abjad in English:

abjad

(also abujad, abadjad, abjud)

noun

  • 1historical
    A system of notation in which each of the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet is assigned a numerical value. Now chiefly historical.

  • 2Linguistics
    Linguistics. Any of various writing systems having symbols for consonants only; a consonantal alphabet.

Origin

Late 18th century. From Arabic abjad Arabic alphabet, system of notation in which each of the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet is assigned a numerical value, acronym from the initial letters of alif, bā', jīm, dāl, the names of the first four letters of the Arabic alphabet in its historical order.

Pronunciation:

abjad

/ˈabdʒɑːd/